The Intuition of Loss in Beckett’s Radio Plays

  • Michelle Chiang
Part of the New Interpretations of Beckett in the Twenty-First Century book series (NIBTFC)


Beckett’s dramatization of ‘blindness’ in his radio plays triggers the listener’s intuition of loss. This blindness is explored as ‘blind faith’ in the various narrative systems that frame our understanding of reality. Divided into three parts, the first explains how the radio play listener is really a spectator observing the sounds and images that play out in her mind. The second section demonstrates how the spectator intuits as ‘a loss of meaning’ the discordance between these images generated by Beckett’s radio plays and their habitual faith in teleological systems. Part three equates this intuition of loss to getting back in touch with an intuitive center of flux, as posited by Bergson.


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  • Michelle Chiang
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  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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